Sunday 16 May – Sunday 23 May 2021
After a hiatus in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Festival returned in 2021 with Ascensiontide services across London to launch a week of live events starting on Sunday 16 May.
- Our Gala Concert on Saturday 22 May celebrated the works of Cecilia McDowall, in her 70th year, with a programme of choral and chamber music works.
- We also celebrated the 80th Birthday of Sebastian Forbes with a teatime recital on Thursday 20 May.
- We welcomed The Byron Consort of Harrow School, directed by Philip Evans, to perform a lunchtime concert of Marian-themed repertoire on Friday 21 May.
- This year’s BBC Broadcast of Choral Evensong took place on Wednesday 19 May and featured commissioned works by Stevie Wishart, Joanna Marsh and Renāts Cvečkovskis, alongside organ pieces composed by Alan Gibbs.
- Choral Eucharist at St John’s Wood Church on Sunday 16 May included the world premiere of Martin Hindmarsh's Missa Brevis. Read more about Martin and the Missa Brevis.
The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music is grateful for the support and sponsorship of
The Thanet Street Trust
The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund
Sunday 16 May
10:00am, Sunday 16 MaySung EucharistSt Martin of Tours, EpsomMusic by Richard Dacey and Janet Wheeler
10:00am, Sunday 16 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Thomas Bell, Michael Berkeley, Ronald Corp, and Peter Smith
11:00am, Sunday 16 MayLatin MassOur Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas MoreMusic by Roman Bislin-Wild, Gil Donohue, and Ian Gilbert Coleman
11:00am, Sunday 16 MaySolemn High MassSt Paul’s Church, KnightsbridgeMusic by Malcolm Archer, Cecilia McDowall, Arvo Pärt, and James Mitchell
11:00am, Sunday 16 MayChoral EucharistThe King’s Chapel of the SavoyMusic by David Lord, Arthur Wills, and Anthony Hammond
11:15am, Sunday 16 MayChoral EucharistSt John’s Wood ChurchMusic by Martin Hindmarsh and Philip Moore
5:30pm, Sunday 16 MayChoral EvensongSt Bride’s ChurchMusic by Matthew Martin, Iain Quinn, Anthony Baldwin, and Philip Moore
6:00pm, Sunday 16 MaySolemn MassSt Mary of the Angels, BayswaterMusic by Łukasz Urbaniak, Phillip Cooke, and Michael Wolniakowski
6:00pm, Sunday 16 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by David Truslove, Anthony Esland, Stuart Beatch, Michael Wolniakowski, and Norman Harper
6:30pm, Sunday 16 MayChoral EvensongAll Saints Church, BlackheathMusic by Matthew Dunn
Monday 17 May
9:00pm, Monday 17 MayComplineSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Edmund Jolliffe, Simon Brown, Gail Randall, Nicholas O’Neill, and Thomas Tallis
Wednesday 19 May
3:30pm, Wednesday 19 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Alan Gibbs, Renāts Cvečkovskis, Kerensa Briggs, Stevie Wishart, and Joanna Marsh
Thursday 20 May
1:15pm, Thursday 20 MayLunchtime EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Brandon Hopkins, Philip Godfrey, Renāts Cvečkovskis, Maxim Meshkvichev, and James Mitchell
5:00pm, Thursday 20 MayPre-event talk with Sebastian ForbesSt Pancras Parish Church
5:30pm, Thursday 20 May“William Blake Meets Sebastian Forbes”: Sebastian Forbes at 80St Pancras Parish ChurchEsteemed academic and composer Sebastian Forbes celebrates his 80th birthday this week. This special birthday recital programme includes his Four Psalms for soprano and organ, Aedis Christi II, a dramatic and energetic settings of the evening canticles written for Christ Church, Oxford, and one of the composer’s personal favourites, The Lamb, a setting of a text by William Blake.
Friday 21 May
1:15pm, Friday 21 May“The Rose that Bare Jesu”St Pancras Parish ChurchThe Byron Consort of Harrow School performs a programme of Marian-themed repertoire, with music by Philip Moore, Jonathan Lane, Cecilia McDowall, Sean Mcwilliam, Thomas Hyde, Peter Maxwell Davies, Matthew Martin, Grayston Ives, Gabriel Jackson, Philip Stopford, and James MacMillan
Saturday 22 May
7:00pm, Saturday 22 MayPre-concert talk by Cecilia McDowallSt Pancras Parish Church
7:30pm, Saturday 22 May“Standing as I do before God”: Cecilia McDowall at 70 St Pancras Parish ChurchCecilia McDowall, recent recipient of the Ivor Novello Award, celebrates her 70th birthday this May. This birthday celebration programme performed by the LFCCM’s own Festival Singers includes a selection of Cecilia’s unaccompanied choral works alongside works for chamber choir and instrumental ensemble.
Sunday 23 May
10:00am, Sunday 23 MaySung EucharistSt Martin of Tours, EpsomMusic by Richard Shephard and Felton Rapley
10:00am, Sunday 23 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Anselm Elis McDonnell, Daniele Croce, Tim Ambler, and Douglas Mason
10:15am, Sunday 23 MayHoly CommunionSt John the Baptist, WimbledonMusic by Peter Davis
10:30am, Sunday 23 MayChoral EucharistSt George’s BloomsburyMusic by Kerensa Briggs and Peter Smith
11:00am, Sunday 23 MayChoral EucharistChrist Church, ChelseaMusic by Trevor Weston, Gareth Wilson, Libby Croad, and Milly Atkinson
3:30pm, Sunday 23 MayChoral EvensongHM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court PalaceMusic by James MacMillan and Grayston Ives
6:00pm, Sunday 23 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Richard Pantcheff, Sebastian Forbes, Francis Grier, Graham Ross, and Bruno Vlahek
6:30pm, Sunday 23 MayChoral EvensongSt Martin of Tours, EpsomMusic by Herbert Sumsion, Charles Wood, and Will Todd